From the Wire … Chris Bosio to be Named Cubs Pitching Coach

According to a report from Appleton Post-Crescent, Chris Bosio will soon be named the Cubs new pitching coach. Bosio confirmed early reports that he would be joining Dale Sveum’s staff to the Post-Crescent. Bosio is excited about the opportunity.

“I just can’t tell you how excited I am, number one, to be working with Dale. When he offered me the job as pitching coach of the Chicago Cubs, to hear him say that, knowing the confidence he has in me, that’s a great feeling. We’re going to be prepared, are going to have intensity and a lot of enthusiasm.”

Chris Bosio and Dale Sveum have a long history. They first met in 1979 playing high school football against each other in California then they were both drafted by the Brewers. Sveum and Bosio were teammates in Milwaukee from 1986-1991 and both served as coaches on the Brewers’ staff in 2009.

Chris Bosio will join Jamie Quirk (bench coach) and Rudy Jaramillo (hitting coach) on Sveum’s staff. Sveum is expected to retain Pat Listach (base coach) and Lester Strode (bullpen coach).

Craig Counsell could still be in the mix to be part of Sveum’s staff as well.

An official announcement on Sveum’s coaching staff was expected this week. Theo Epstein indicated on Thursday that the official announcement could be made next week in Dallas during the Winter Meetings … or soon after.

Chris Bosio addressed several subjects with the Appleton Post-Crescent.

“All of those long-suffering Cubs fans, their will to win, their want to win, their passion to win, it’s going to be a lot of good energy.”

On Carlos Zambrano

“There’s a reason he has a 125-81 career record. He’s overpowering at times and he’s a competitor first and foremost. Those are great qualities to have when you’re looking for a front-line starting pitcher. But he lets his emotions get the best of him. That’s what makes him tick, but he has to get those under control a little more. Like a lot of guys with high emotions, he can be his own worst enemy. At times he’s strung too tight.”

Bosio said he had not met either Theo Epstein or Jed Hoyer prior to his interview but came away more than impressed with his new bosses.

“I was sold in the interview process on Theo and Jed and, obviously, Dale. Just everything they said, the direction they want to go and their motivation to win and bring a world’s championship to Chicago. They’re intelligent baseball guys. I’m excited to be a part of this process and a great organization that’s known around the world.”

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  • Anthony

    good hire

  • Neil

    Cubs have confirmed that Chris Bosio has been hired to be new pitching coach

  • paulcatanese

    Bosio as pitching coach, to say here comes  success, unless they get some pitching for him to coach is an understatement. He has a long hard road ahead.

  • paulcatanese

    The ideal leadoff hitter should be,,left handed hitter,,above average speed,,be able to take walks,, needs to be a good doubles hitter,,has to think second base all the time,,walk,hit error,,enough speed to get to second base,,be aggresive,,first to third,,enough smarts to upset pitcher when he gets on,,scoring is paramont,,has to make that happen. Did the Cubs just aquire that? Runs scored period, that is the goal. I do not want to see a leadoff hitter get on and then wait for someone to hit one out. That was the Cub and Red Sox way,enough of that.

    • Ripsnorter1

      You want Ricky Henderson. 

      So do I.

      We didn’t get Ricky Henderson.

      • paulcatanese

        I would have liked Henderson, even though I couldnt stand his ego, he could get away with it, cause he produced.

    • cubtex

      I like a basestealer too Paul. That puts pressure on the defense and would get Castro(your best hitter) more fastballs.

      • paulcatanese

        A basestealer would be a plus, but at least someone who would be a threat to get to second as I dont see the Cubs going to the sacifice bunt anytime soon. I dont know anything about DeJesus other what I have read, but he dosent seem to be a wormburner out there. May work out, just at this point dont think he is the answer.

        • cubtex

          Someone like Michael Bourn to me is a great leadoff hitter. He wrecks havoc on the basepaths and would be great to bat in front of Castro. Oh well….it is nice to dream.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Yes, what about Michael Bourne?

            How does Atlanta always come up with these type of acquistions? Who do you want: DeJesus or Bourne?
            It’s a no-brainer.

          • paulcatanese

            That old saying,”thats what I’m talkin about”

    • Coolpdxcubsfan

      Too bad someone can’t teach Campana some of those skills. He certainly is fast enough. Its just too bad that he can’t steal first base.

      • paulcatanese

        I agree, but then how would anyone really know, he has never played more than two full games in a row, the rest, pinch hit here and there.

  • diehardcubfan

    The thing I am being curious about is if Soriano could end up being the compensation to the Red Sox in a trade. If you think about it since the Cubs are rumored to be picking up the majority of his salary then he would be a adequate replacement for David Ortiz at a much lower rate. 

    The Red Sox would then have additional funds to spend elsewhere.  The Cubs might be able to get a serviceable player for  Soriano.  I do think it could happen.

    He would be much better at DH at Fenway were his swing could be a ideal fit with the Green Monster.

    If the Cubs of course decided to do this then they would have no run producers in their lineup. 

    The Cubs would then have to take a run at Fielder or Pujols or via trade.  Matt Garza would have to be the bait there if the Cubs were to get a run producer via trade. 

    My opinion is that if the Cubs do trade for Ian Stewart and now that the have signed DeJesus then I the rumors of the Cubs taking a run at Pujols are credible and would make sense particularly if they trade Soriano.

    Starting pitching needs to remain the priority though.

    • paulcatanese

      I agree, Soriono (although I like him) would be a perfect fit for the Red Sox.He would blossom there with that green monster, and even if he had to play left field, he would be a significant upgrade over when they had Manny out there, one of the worst ever to pick up a glove.

    • Ripsnorter1

      The only compensation the Red Sox deserve is Koyie Hill.

      • paulcatanese

        Rip, only if he promises to bat right handed (his good side):)

  • paulcatanese

    It’s amazing to me to see all these guys coming over to the Cubs and remark about how happy they are to be with the orginization and what a great one it is. All the tradition, and known around the world.

    Just once, from one person that come’s to the Cubs would I like to hear the truth, that “this has been a lousy orginization, havent won in 103 years and you want me to turn it around”?” Break out youre wallet,
    I need somthing for the pain”.

    • Dorasaga

      While the reality is the Cubs aren’t known around the world. A little Google-analytics and my personal observation say that the Yankees, Braves, and Red Sox are far more superior when it comes to fan-following outside of America.